This morning I needed to run to Boquete to take care of an Embassy case. We left a little early because we needed to run by the bank first. A block from the house, I hear this noise and it sounds like a tire.
Sure enough, I had a flat. I pulled to the side of the road and pulled out the spare and jacked up the car. Then I couldn’t get the lug nuts to budge. As luck would have it, a Panamanian stopped and was wearing heavy duty boots and was able to jump on the lug wrench and loosened the nuts. Whew. Lilliam gave him $5 for his assistance.
Went to the bank on the mini spare and then to a tire repair place next to the new Super 99. The tire fellow pulled out a large nail and patched the tire. He asked Lilliam for $3 and she gave him $4.
Then off to Boquete to pick up items for the Embassy for a US citizen that had died.
Found out that my car wasn’t large enough to get all the items in one trip, so will have to get a friend with an SUV to go with me the next week.
On the trip, my LG G4 cell phone decided to die. It had been causing me problems for several days and today it gave up the ghost. I had been researching its problem on the Internet and had seen that the International version of my phone had the problem I was having.
When I ordered from Amazon, the international version was all that was available. I thought nothing about it because I haven’t had problems with this type of device in years. Well, live and learn. Never order an international cell phone from Amazon. They always list the international versions as without warranty.
The next generation of phones are going to be announced in the next couple months. I was hoping mine would hold out until the new ones were here. However, it didn’t work out that way.
With all the Embassy calls, emails, magic Jack calls and WhatsApp messages, I can’t be without a phone.
I decided to buy the cheapest Android I could with the hopes it would last until I see what is the next generation offers. I found a BLU M2 for $75 and knew it would be limited. I have it running with the bare minimum apps I can get by with. At least I have WhatsApp, Magic Jack and email. that is it.
My next Android will be a Nexus. Don’t know which one until I see what is announced and compare the prices to see what I can afford.
Thinking about the day, I was really lucky. If the flat had happened on the road to Boquete, I could have destroyed the tire and rim before I knew I had a problem. And my phone would not have worked so I would not have been able to call anyone. A cell phone is like they used to say about American Express. Don’t leave home without it. In my case, I don’t want to leave home without the Internet either.
Then the last item for the day was a typical Panama experience. I needed to replace the toilet seat on three toilets in the house. I had bought one at one store and it was too small. This time I took the old seat with me. It took a third stop before we found the right size. Great!
head for home and I took out the one the fellow had used to compare with the old and got it ready to instal and noticed that it was missing the two nuts that secure it in place. Said. “Well S&#@“ because that was appropriate for the task I was on.
Went and grabbed the next box and it had all the parts. Two out of the three I bought were fine and that is a pretty good percentage for my luck today. Another trip to Npvey will solve the problem.
The day is almost over and I thought nothing else could go wrong. Lilliam had just lowered the blinds and as she was coming back to the couch, she asked if I was passing gas. Anytime there is a foul oder, it has to be me. Not guilty this time.
Looked back at the blinds and noticed a gecko on the blind. It had obviously been there when Lilliam rolled the blinds up in the morning and died. My job was to peal the dead critter off the blind and dispose of it.
I am closing my eyes to any other problem today. As far as I am concerned, this day has ended.